What an amazing, Biblical sight1 that came across the Catalina Mountains yesterday evening, that shaft of intense rain and attendant rainbow! After a day where it looked like rain might not happen here, those earlier Cumulus clouds being pretty lazy really, this behemoth powered across Tucson and the Catalina Mountains dropping 0.56 inches in momentarily blinding rain blown on 60-70 mph gusts, with numerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, taking down power lines, and causing a 6 h plus power outage in Catalina. 0.51 inches fell here in 10 minutes!
Oops, forgot to remind you: Don’t forget to go to the movies. Shows the backside of what hit us just as the day ends.
How great this rain will be, too, for our stressed desert-thornscrub vegetation after almost a week of dry conditions. (Only 0.17 inches at Sutherland Heights, though.)
For me, yesterday evening produced the most dramatic sights I’ve seen here in four years in Catalina. I hope you caught it, but if you didn’t, here are a few of the most dramatic ones. The first, penultimate shot was from the front porch about three minutes before bedlam hit Sutherland Heights. Below this, those shots leading up to it.
A repeat of yesterday today? Not bloody likely.
Oh, well, any rain will be great, but drier air is moving in. Check it out here from the University of Washington Huskies’ (some former of whom, if that is correct english which I doubt, are in the Olympics, for example, women’s volleyball, but not in beach volleyball which I seem to be watching a lot of) Weather Department here.
Note the drier air moving in from New Mexico and west Texas in this loop. Just the same, it can still rain here some because while drier, it’s not dessicated air and so the usual isolated Cb should be around. So, keep watching, keep cameras ready and charged.
————————————————————————————————————————————————————-1Biblical allusion is to the “ARK of the Covenant” whose activity was demonstrated in a movie with Harrison Ford some years.